DIY an Electric Skateboard…For Your Cat!

By on November 3, 2018
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Kim Pimmel is a designer, photographer, and inventor who just made one of the most amazing pet products I’ve seen to date. The DIY project saw Pimmel design and build a custom electric skateboard for his cat to ride around the house. A small treat is placed into a throttle lever, which is pulled by the feline to retrieve a snack. Upon pawing at the throttle, the skateboard is propelled forward and moves zooms the cat around — and she seems to like it.

Kim explains more about the project and the build.
“For the latest in my Pet Projects experiments, I built an electric skateboard for my cat to ride. Put a treat into the throttle lever, and she pulls it to get a snack and a boost! I’m a newbie to building skateboards, and want to thank commenters who have pointed that the longboard trucks are mounted backwards! So if you do try to build (you or your cat) a board with longboard trucks – don’t make the same mistake I did, and do some research first ? .”

All you need to build your very own DIY electric skateboard is:

– Adafruit Feather M0
– Adafruit Feather Motor Wing
– Lipstick USB Battery Pack
– Tenergy 12V 2000mAh NiMH Battery Pack
– Orangatang Kegel 80 mm
– uxcell DC 12V 2000RPM Brushed Electric Motor 45mm
– XCSOURCE Pulleys And Motor + Belt + Bracket + Screw Tool Set
– Skateboard deck and trucks from local shop
– RuiLing 2-Pack Right Angle USB 3.0 Adapter
– Micro USB 2.0 A Male to Left Right 90 degree Angle Micro
– Misc scavenged / random parts from the studio

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